Just weeks after checking out of Rio de Janeiro’s Hospital Samaritano after a two-week-long stay for dehydration, Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer was re-admitted on Tuesday for undisclosed reasons. Niemeyer’s health has been fluctuating as of late: back in May of this year, he spent another two weeks in the hospital for pneumonia and dehydration, and last year he was treated for a urinary infection at Samaritano. At 104 years old, the architect has been remarkably active for his age, recently releasing a line of Converse sneakers inspired by “the free and sensual curve – the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman,” as Niemeyer wrote in Portuguese, according to The Architect’s Newspaper. It seems that even after building Brasilia and championing leftist ideas for decades, Niemeyer has whole lot of fire left in him.
- Kelly Chan